Police Blotter: Man scammed by another pretending to raise church funds

  • Wednesday, August 28, 2013

  • Updated Monday, September 23, 2013 11:32 am

An Andrews man said he was scammed by a another man who claimed he was taking up money to help his church.
The victim said the 37-year-old Andrews man stopped by his house Aug. 17 and asked for a donation for his church — Gourdines Chapel. The victim said he has known the suspect for a long time.
He wrote the man a $20 check paid to the order of the church.
The suspect changed the amount on the check to $120 and cashed it at Piggly Wiggly in Andrews.
The case was expected to be presented to a magistrate for possible prosecution.

Facebook leads
to altercation

A 36-year-old woman and her 35-year-old boyfriend got into an altercation at 3-Door Disco in Plantersville at about 9 p.m. Aug. 22.
The woman was pretending to use her phone to take pictures of the man because he has been posting pictures of her on his Facebook page which she does not like.
The man  got upset because he thought the woman was really taking pictures so he threw beer on her and then hit her with a can causing a small cut on her arm.
The man denied throwing the beer or a can. He said the beer spilled when he stood up from the table.
No charges were filed

“Like Jesus Does”
card a violation
of court order

A Georgetown woman said her estranged husband violated a court order when he sent flowers and a card to her workplace Aug. 23.
She said she has a restraining order against the 32-year-old man.
Nevertheless, he sent her the gifts. On the card were the words “I love you like Jesus does. I thank you for what you have done.” It was signed “secret admirer.”
The woman said she knows her husband sent them because he is the only one who knows “Like Jesus Does” is her favorite song.
The deputy confirmed there is a restraining order in place.
The case was being followed up on at the time the report was written.

Phone tapped
or car bugged?

A 39-year-old Andrews woman told deputies she believes her phone may be tapped or her car may be bugged because of an incident earlier this month.
The woman said on Aug. 12 she was driving down the road in Surfside when she noticed a Toyota Tacoma being driven slowly in front of her.
She said while she was driving she was on her phone and advised the person she was speaking with she was going to stop at Murphy’s gas station.
She said when she started to turn into the station, the driver of the Tacoma did the same.
The woman said the man parked at a nearby gas pump but never got out of his car. He was talking on his phone while staring at her.
She said after she finished pumping gas, she left as did the man in the Tacoma.
Three days later, the woman  was at the Markette in Murrells Inlet when the man in the Tacoma pulled into the pump next to her.
Once again he stayed on the phone and did not get out of the car.
This time the man did not leave at the same time as the complainant.
The woman says “she believes the male might have tapped her phone or placed a bug in her vehicle,” the report states.
The deputy informed the woman no crime had been committed and it may just be a coincidence.

Woman taken into
protective custody

A deputy was sent to the Pawleys Island office of Dr. Edgar Archambeau Aug. 14 because of a suspicious person.
The deputy was informed the woman appeared to be under the influence, was having a hard time standing and was asking others in the office for pills.
After the woman completed her doctor’s visit, the officer walked outside with the woman and her mother.
The older woman was told some steps she could take to get help for her daughter.
Because of some statements made by the younger woman about harming herself, she was taken into protective custody.

 Information is subject to change as the investigation proceeds. Individuals arrested and/or charged have not been convicted.
—Compiled by Scott Harper


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